LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – “The Voice” host Carson Daly apologized for joking on his radio show Tuesday that gay passengers wouldn’t have been able to handle the JetBlue pilot who had a meltdown.
“This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologized,” Daly tweeted on Wednesday.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Wednesday posted this statement, issued from Daly, on its website: “We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I’m truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise.
“I’ve long been a supporter of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, and I’m saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community. The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I’m not that guy. I’m proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them.”
“While it’s up to the public to judge the sincerity of Daly’s sentiments here, GLAAD looks forward to taking him up on his offer to fight with us for the full equality of LGBT Americans,” GLAAD said in response.
Daly talked about the pilot, who began acting bizarrely and had to be subdued, on his radio show on Los Angeles’ KAMP-FM. He mentioned the flight was full of passengers on their way to a security conference.
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“With my luck, it would be like … this is the flight going to (the gay pride parade) in San Francisco,” he joked. “That would be my colleagues … ‘Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention … could we get a little help up here with the pilot?’
“‘Uh, no … handle it,'” Daly, adopting a higher-pitched voice, said would be the response from the gay passengers.
Something for Daly to think about before he stereotypes again: Public relations executive and college rugby player Mark Kendall Bingham — a gay man — was among the passengers widely credited with trying to foil the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, before it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pa.